Talk Story with Ben Godsey, President of ProService Hawaii

Stacy Yuen

Godsey, 41, acquired ProService with Dustin Sellers in 2005, with both serving as co-presidents until Sellers left the company at the end of 2013. Born and raised in Ocean Springs, Miss., Godsey has worked on Wall Street and as a biologist studying rats in a Hawaii Island rain forest. He talks about the growth of the Hawaii Read the full article…

Ask the Expert: Franchising on the Mainland


Question: My business is successful in the Islands. How do I know when I’m ready to franchise on the mainland?   Answer: Here are the main factors to consider when deciding if you are ready for franchising. Built for Other Markets In general, the franchising world thinks in terms of “concepts,” which means ideas and Read the full article…

5 Steps to Understanding Arbitration Clauses

Mark Davis

Increasingly, small-business contracts include arbitration clauses that seek to limit potential lawsuits. Mark Davis, a partner with Davis Levin Livingston, offers these tips to help you understand arbitration clauses and avoid potential pitfalls. 1. Know the purpose of an arbitration clause In its purest form, arbitration is meant to solve disputes between equally positioned parties by Read the full article…

January 2014 , Small Business , Topics
January, 2014

Helping Family Businesses

Lee Ann Bowman

There is no typical family business in Hawaii – they are as diverse as the state itself. But each has at least one powerful strength and one potentially crippling drawback: the family itself. Michael Miyahira, the founder of Business Strategies, a Hilo-based consulting company that advises family businesses, understands those family dynamics well. When he Read the full article…

Parting Shot: Beach Cleanup

Hawaii Business magazine

Beach Cleanup Friday, 11:50 P.M. Kuhio Beach, Waikiki Photo by David Croxford A tractor from Mat Hawaii Inc. clears trash and sifts and filters the sand each night in Waikiki. Valuable items, such as rings and watches, are sent to the city’s lost and found department. Mat Hawaii also sweeps Ala Moana Beach Park.